St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Priests: Fr. Bernard Forshaw assisted by Fr. Emeka

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone: 0151 645 3314

Email: stjohntheevangelist

Websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

1st Sunday of Advent, 30th November. Cycle B.

FAITH IN FOCUS: COME ON DOWN!

As we begin our Advent season today, in preparation for the coming of Christ, Isaiah makes an urgent plea to God. He uses the same catch-phrase as the TV programme “The Price is Right” by saying to God “Come on down, tear the heavens open”.

Whenever we celebrate Advent we are involved on three levels: past, present and future. And at each level we make that same plea: Come on down!

We look to the past, to history. We recall that the Jewish people were waiting for a Messiah who would lead them to political and religious freedom. In this setting we see Mary and Joseph and we witness the birth of Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem.

We look to the present, to today. Jesus has not stopped coming to us in our day to day lives. He comes and speaks to us in the word of God, in the sacraments we celebrate, in the faces of those who bear God’s impression both in need and in joy.

We also look to the future. Christ will come again in glory when the plan of God is finally fulfilled. This coming will usher in the end of the world and all will be revealed for what it truly is.

So Advent is wake-up time. It’s the four-week season when we look for the ways in which Jesus comes to visit us. It’s easy to get caught up in an Advent that is just a pale religious reflection of the world’s commercial season. It’s easy to get stuck simply on the level of the past and start getting nostalgic and gooey about the trappings of Christmas, getting no further than the crib, the angels and the star. Yet if we are to celebrate the liturgy of Advent then we have to engage on all three levels.

Yes, we do remember the past events of Bethlehem. But our Advent and Christmas celebrations are imbued with the need to be alert and awake to the Christ who challenges us daily in our interaction with others, the same Christ who will come again to judge us on the way we responded to his invitation to love.

And we know that we are really capturing the spirit of the season if, like Isaiah, we can say and mean it when we ask God to “Come on down!”

WORD OF GOD

And yet, Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, you the potter, we are the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

WORD FOR TODAY

In Advent we contemplate the coming of Jesus. Today he comes to us in the message of his word and in the sacrament which we celebrate in the eucharist. We stand alert and ready so that we may not miss what he brings today as we await his final coming in glory.

Why not have a browse through the books on the bookstall which has been restocked and refreshed for Advent, including items for children. There are also a variety of cards including Christmas cards .

Pope’s Intentions for December:

Universal: That the birth iof the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.

Evangelisation: That parents may be true evangelisers , passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.

The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception which is celebrated on 8th December.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

1st Sunday of Advent

Cycle B Psalter Wk 1

30th 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30pm

Parishioners

Teresa McLean

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

Mon DEC. 1st 9.15 am Fr Peter Ryan
Tues 2nd 9.15am Funeral Mass –

John Kenny

Wed 3rd 9.15am November List
Thurs 4th 9.15am Anastasia Sweatman RIP
Friday 5th 9.15am

9.45am

All Migrants & Refugees

Holy Hour

Saturday 6th
2nd Sunday of Advent

Bible Sunday

7th 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30 pm

Parishioners

Maud Boulton

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for

Peter Carr, Colette Howes, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Kath Holland, Mary Bryden, Josie Toohey, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally, Rachel Mulrooney, Winifred Sweeney, John Kenny.

Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Please note that Morning Prayer is celebrated 15 minutes before the start of each weekday mass. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £ 927.86

Boiler £ 12.49

Ballroom Dancing £ 110 .00

Cards and Books £ 12.90

John Kenny has done an enormous amount for this parish over many years. When you buy a card or a book- look at the bookstall- he made it! When you gaze into the crib this Christmas-he made the stable! When you look at a poster at the back of church- he made the wooden notice board! This is besides being a member of the team of volunteers who built up the sanctuary. If you have the opportunity, please support his family by attending his funeral Mass.

On the Sundays of Advent, starting today, in the day chapel, between 3-4 pm, there will be an opportunity to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament to reflect and contemplate on the true meaning of Christmas.

Advent – New Beginnings:

St Teresa speaks

There is no other remedy for the evil of giving up prayer than to begin again

FR. FRANK’S DIAMOND JUBILEE MASS,

MONDAY, 8th DECEMBER at 7pm.

Preparations for this momentous celebration are now well under way. WATCH THIS SPACE next week-end for details regarding the times for dropping off your edible goodies at the Parish Centre. Only 1 week

to go.

Churches Together Carol Singing will be held on Saturday 13th December at two venues:

Lower Bebington Co-op at 11am

Higher Bebington Co-op at 12 noon

All are welcome to come and join in with the singing.

The Pilgrim Troupe have performed many beautiful and thought provoking programmes. On Friday, 5th December, at 7.30pm they will perform “Advent with Our Blessed Lady” at Holy Name Church, Beresford Road, Oxton.

Your continued donations to the Wirral Foodbank are very much appreciated. The need to help and support those in our community is ongoing. The Foodbank relies upon non-perishable, in date food donations to feed people in crisis. As the Christmas Season approaches, we are being asked to donate Selection Boxes .There is also acomprehensive list of items on the notice board. Please place food in the boxes provided at the back of church.

This week the Big Card is on display. Instead of giving lots of cards to fellow parishioners, why not greet them by signing the Big Card? Thanks to the new notice boards, it can be removed, signed below and then replaced. The minimum payment is £1 and the money raised will go to The Olive Branch, a local charity which supports people recovering from addiction. Information about the Olive Branch is near the card

Scouts Post Stamps are now on sale after weekend masses up to 14th December. The cost this year is 30p. Please support your very own Scout Group and local charities by buying stamps after Mass or from one of the local outlets. Last post 17th December. Thank you. Sheena Schofield, Cub Scout Leader.

NEWS FROM THE CHILDREN’S LITURGY GROUP

For those interested with the Children’s’ Liturgy Group, there will be a meeting after Christmas on Monday, 5th January, after the vigil mass of the Epiphany, at 8.15pm in the Church House. We look forward to seeing all present and many new members. Many thanks. Liz McIntosh

Joan Hannam says a BIG thank you to all who sent cards and prayed for her – so very much appreciated.

St Anne’s 55+ Club will be holding a Christmas Buffet on Tuesday, 9th December,

2-4.30pm in St Anne’s Parish Centre Entertainment – Raffle. Entrance £2.

All Welcome

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St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Priests: Fr. Bernard Forshaw assisted by Fr. Emeka

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone: 0151 645 3314

Email: stjohntheevangelist

Websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, 23rd November. Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: FINAL TALLY

Peggy Jones was a local woman who had lived in the village all her life. She kept herself to herself, rarely joined in with any community activities and was a member of no club or society. When she died people were at a loss to know what to put on her tombstone since she’d done nothing of any significance. Eventually the stonemason carved the following epitaph: Here lie the bones of Peggy Jones, Whose life never knew any terrors. She lived an old maid. And she died an old maid: No hits, no runs and no errors.

Was Peggy a good woman or a bad one? It’s hard to say. She never did any harm to anyone but at the same time she never put herself out to do anyone any good. And if she didn’t do anyone any good then you could argue that she wasn’t a particularly good person.

Many people think that they are good people because they don’t steal, cheat, lie or murder. They pay their taxes and keep themselves to themselves. And many Christians think that they never sin because they too never do anyone any harm.

The parable of the sheep and goats in Matthew’s gospel today should put us on our guard against this attitude. Jesus tells us that we will be judged just as much for what we failed to do as for what we actually did.

Most of us are not headline sinners. But when we face the judgement that Christ is speaking about at the end of our life we will be measured by the way we responded to those in need, to the hungry, the thirsty, those in prison etc. He reminds us that we can commit wrong and this is a sin. But we can also omit to do good. Both commission and omission are equally guaranteed to alienate us from God.

So as we look around at our world today, what are the situations we’re closing our eyes and ears to? And are we aware that we’re doing it?

WORD OF GOD

I shall look for the lost sheep, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy.I shall be a true shepherd to them. (Ezekiel 34:16)

WORD FOR TODAY

The Church’s liturgical year ends with the promise that no matter how far we may wander from God he will never abandon us. Like a shepherd he is able to tend to our needs, to bind us up and to restore us to health, feeding us on the pasture of his word and sacraments. There is nothing we shall want.

Why not have a browse through the books on the bookstall which has been restocked and refreshed for Advent, including items for children.

There are many group activities and events taking place over the coming weeks/months. Please take a few minutes before you leave church to take a look at the Notice Boards.

Scout Stamps will be on sale after Saturday evening and Sunday morning masses from 29th November-14th December. Cost this year 30p. Last post 17th December

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King

Special

Day of Prayer for our Young People

23rd 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Sarah-Anne RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 24th 9.15 am

1.15pm

November List

Funeral Service-Frances Gurney

Tues 25th 9.15am Decd Rels & Friends of Brockway Family
Wed 26th 9.15am

7pm

Decd Rels & Friends of

Mgt. Annesley

Confirmation at Christ the King

Thurs 27th 9.15am Joan Hannam
Friday 28th 9.15am

9.45am

November List

Holy Hour

Saturday 29th
1st Sunday of Advent

Cycle B

30th 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30 pm

Parishioners

Teresa McLean

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for

Peter Carr, Colette Howes, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Kath Holland, Mary Bryden, Josie Toohey, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally, Rachel Mulrooney, Winifred Sweeney.

Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Please note that Morning Prayer is celebrated 15 minutes before the start of each weekday mass. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £662.48

Boiler £4

Cards and Books £12.88

We have received the sad news of the deaths of Frances Gurney and John Kenny. Frances’ Funeral Service will be held here at St John’s on Monday, 24th November at 1.15pm. John’s Funeral Mass will also be held at St John’s on Tuesday, 2nd December at 9.15am. Our thoughts and prayers are with both families at this sad time.

As Christmas rapidly approaches, bringing with it the usual stresses and strains, on the Sundays of Advent, in the day chapel, between 3-4 pm, there will be an opportunity to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament to reflect and contemplate on the true meaning of Christmas.

His Majesty: St Teresa speaks

Let us not tire of praising so great a King and Lord! He has prepared for us a kingdom without end in exchange for a few little trials, which come wrapped in a thousand consolations. May He be forever blessed. Amen!

FR. FRANK’S DIAMOND JUBILEE MASS, MONDAY

8th DECEMBER, at 7pm.

Please do not forget to make a contribution to Fr Frank’s celebration. Noelene reports that a few more savoury contributions to the buffet would be gratefully received so if you have not already promised a contribution then please consider something along those lines. Only 2 weeks to go.

Our young people will be confirmed this Wednesday,

26th November, at Christ the King, Bromborough, at 7pm. Please continue to keep them in your prayers that the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be active in their lives. “Thank you” to the Confirmation Team for their care and commitment.

From Monday 24th November, for 3-4 days, work will be carried out to tidy up the car park behind the church. It would be unwise to bring any cars into the car park while contractors are at work.

The Pilgrim Troupe have performed many beautiful and thought provoking programmes. On Friday,

5th December, at 7.30pm they will perform

“Advent with Our Blessed Lady”, at Holy Name Church, Beresford Road, Prenton.

Your continued donations to the Wirral Foodbank are very much appreciated. The need to help and support those in our community is ongoing. The Foodbank relies upon non-perishable, in date food donations to feed people in crisis. As the Christmas Season approaches, we are being asked to kindly donate Selection Boxes .There is also a comprehensive list of items on the notice board. Please place food in the boxes provided at the back of church.

Next week the Big Card will be on display. Instead of giving lots of cards to fellow parishioners, why not greet them by signing the Big Card? The minimum payment is £1 and the money raised will go to The Olive Branch, a local charity which supports people recovering from addiction. Those of you who attended the Diocesan Symposium will have heard the founder Damien Prescott speaking inspiringly about their work. For further information go to there is also a link on the Diocesan website which includes an interview Damien did for Vatican Radio

Thank you to everyone who supported the cake sale last Sunday which raised £85. Simone Larkin.

Weekend Mass Times at St John’s from the First Sunday of Advent: Sat/Sun: 29th/30th November will be SATURDAY 5.00pm & SUNDAY 9.30am.

I trust this will not inconvenience people too greatly but it will assist Fr Emeka and I to cover both parishes more effectively. There will be no changes to Weekday Mass Times except, obviously, when funerals occur.

Mass times at S t Anne’s will also be changing from the First Sunday of Advent: SUNDAY 11.15am, SATURDAY will remain at 6.30pm

St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Priests: Fr. Bernard Forshaw assisted by Fr. Emeka

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone: 0151 645 3314

Email: stjohntheevangelist

Websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 16th November, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: CAPITAL GROWTH

Young Antonio’s voice was high and squeaky and so he did not pass the auditions for the Cremona Boys’ Choir. When he took violin lessons, the neighbours persuaded his parents to make him stop. Yet Antonio still wanted to make music.

His friends gave him a hard time because his only talent was whittling wood. When Antonio was older he served as an apprentice to a violinmaker. His knack for whittling grew into a skill of carving and his hobby became his craft. He worked patiently and faithfully. By the time he died, he left over 1,500 violins, each one bearing a label that read, “Antonio Stradivarius.” They are the most sought-after violins in the world and sell for more than £100,000 each. Antonio couldn’t sing or play or preach or teach but his responsibility was to use his ability, and his violins are still making beautiful music today.

Our potential is God’s gift to us. What we do with it is our gift to God. Are you investing what you’ve been given, regardless of how much it is? Or, have you buried your blessing and kept it hidden from others?

We can sometimes confuse hiding our talents with humility, with not wanting to push ourselves forward. Yet if we stop to think for just a moment we’ll soon realise that, whatever our talent is, it is God-given. God has entrusted us with skills and talents to be used for his divine purpose. And no one else can ever be you and me. We’re unique, with unique gifts that God has welded into our character and personality. And it’s part of God’s plan from the beginning of time that we should use what we have been given so that the good news of the gospel might be spread and people should come to experience God through you and me.

Today’s gospel reminds us that life will not last for ever on this earth. The master is returning and we are returning to our master. What answer will we have to give him when he asks what we have done with all that he gave us? Will we have buried it, or will we have produced a capital return?

WORD OF GOD

A man entrusted his property to his servants. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one; each in proportion to his ability.

(Matthew 25: 14-15)

WORD FOR TODAY

God has given each one of us talents: particular skills or qualities that he expects us to use for his glory. As the Church draws towards the end of its year we are invited to reflect on how well we are making use of what we have been given. For no one has been given nothing. What has been entrusted to you and how are you using it?

The Catenians are making an appeal for unused Rosaries. They have been sending them to Aboriginals in Oz and to the Missions in the 3rd world countries in Africa. To date they have send 120,000 Rosaries but many more are needed. Please have a hunt around in cupboards and drawers and ask your friends to do likewise. Is there anyone among you who might be responsible for collecting donated Rosaries so that they can be sent off together? the address is Michael Blackburn, 164 Green Park Road, HALIFAX, W. Yorkshire HX3 0SP. Emailmichael or 01422 352559

The Piety Stall is well stocked with cards and leaflets including Diamond Jubilee Cards and Christmas Cards produced by the Carmelite Sisters in Grosvenor Place, Birkenhead. The Chapel and Card Shop at Carmel are open 7 days a week: 7.30am – 5.00pm. Mass Sunday’s & Saturday’s at 8.00am, Monday-Friday 7.45am.

St Anne’s 55+ Club will be holding a Christmas Buffet on Tuesday, 9th December 2-4.30pm in St Anne’s Parish Centre. Entertainment – Raffle. Entrance £2. All Welcome

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 16th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Pam Williams

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 17th 9.15 am

11.00am

Seamus & Colette Reavey RIP

Funeral Service – Daniel Weston

Tues 18th 9.15am Poor & Needy of the World
Wed 19th 9.15am Joe Moore Annv.
Thurs 20th 9.15am November List
Friday 21st 9.15am

9.45am

Sr Mary McDonough An

Holy Hour

Saturday 22nd 12 Noon Carmelite Mass-All Welcome
Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King

Special

Day of Prayer for our Young People

23rd 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Sarah-Anne RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for

Denis Arnold, Peter Carr, Colette Howes, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Kath Holland, Mary Bryden, Josie Toohey, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally, Rachel Mulrooney, Winifred Sweeney. Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Please note that Morning Prayer is celebrated 15 minutes before the start of each weekday mass. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £628.01

Cards and Books £44.80

120 Money £ 1626.90 Many thanks to Vera Brockway

From Monday 24th November, for 3-4 days, work will be carried out to tidy up the car park behind the church. It would be unwise to bring any cars into the car park while contractors are at work. Everything will be ok this week. It is next week when this work will be carried out.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Daniel Weston whose funeral service will take place here on Monday 11am.

Quiet Prayer: St Teresa speaks

His Majesty is very near. Ask for His gifts and pray for the Church and for those who have asked for our prayers and for the souls in purgatory, not with the noise of words but with longing.

READERS DAY OF REFLECTION.

SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER, 10am-1pm in the Side Chapel. Please make every effort to attend.

FR. FRANK’S DIAMOND JUBILEE MASS, MONDAY

8th DECEMBER at 7pm.

Fr Frank has returned safely from a wonderful trip to Rome. As one of the few Diamond Jubilarians, he was privileged to be invited to concelebrate at the Pope’s private Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. The Holy Father shook his hand and congratulated him and then Fr Frank reassured the Pope that he was doing a good job and to keep going! Only he could get away with it! We are hoping that photographic evidence will be available in time for the celebrations on December 8th along with a fuller account of the proceedings… Noelene reports that a few more savoury contributions to the buffet would be gratefully received so if you have not already promised a contribution then please consider something along those lines. Only 3 weeks to go.

The Knights of St Columba are holding a fund raiser at St Anne’s Parish Centre on Friday, 28th November at 7.30pm. This is a Pig Race which is a fun evening for all the family. Deacon Les Arch provides the toy pigs and race track. Sponsorship and buyers of pigs are invited. Proceeds to “Mary’s Meals” and other KSC charities Family Ticket £5 available from Bernard McGuigan.

Steps to Krakow 2016 – Step One B:

The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary is the next international Youth Day and Pope Frances invites you to join him. The Shrewsbury Diocesan Commission for the New holding an event on Sunday, 30th November 3.30-6.30pm at The Sacred Heart & St Peter Church, Baguley. This is open to all young people in Year 10 and above. The event will include mass. Email youth for details.

See Poster on notice board

Our young people will be confirmed on Wednesday, 26th November at Christ the King, Bromborough, at 7pm. Please continue to keep them in your prayers that the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be active in their lives. “Thank you” to the Confirmation Team for their care and commitment.

CAFOD Supporters’ Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, 22nd November 10.30am at Our Lady & the Apostles, Shaw Heath, Edgeley, Stockport. Refreshments will be provided after mass. All welcome. Please contact Sue or Liz at: shrewsbury or call 01244677594

Weekend Mass Times at St John’s from the First Sunday of Advent: Sat/Sun: 29th/30th November will be SATURDAY 5.00pm & SUNDAY 9.30am.

I trust this will not inconvenience people too greatly but it will assist Fr Emeka and I to cover both parishes more effectively. There will be no changes to Weekday Mass Times except, obviously, when funerals occur.

St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Priests: Fr. Bernard Forshaw assisted by Fr. Emeka

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone: 0151 645 3314

Email: stjohntheevangelist

Websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, 9th November, 2014 Cycle A.

This feast celebrates our unity with the Church in Rome. The Basilica of St John Lateran, also known as the Basilica of Our Saviour, is the parish Church of the pope and is the first publicly dedicated basilica in Christendom.

When you hear the word “church” what comes to your mind?

Do you think of : a building like this one, where people gather to worship

or perhaps “church” brings to mind a gathering of believers, the church as its people, a community of faith. Some see the church as a haven, a refuge, a place of peace, for others it’s a chore, a burden, an obligation.

Some think of church as one big guilt machine and for others it’s a gas pump of grace. But whatever the word “church” brings to mind, let us hope it is still, in every mind and heart, a place to meet Christ Jesus.

St Paul personalises the temple and writes “YOU” are God’s building! YOU are the temple of God!” Ezekiel describes the temple as a great well-spring from which flows a river of living water filling the oceans, nurturing all life and providing healing. Whatever the word “church” brings to mind, these scriptures have something to say to us all.

WE are God’s building; WE are the temple of God. Each of us is one of the living stones in the temple of God. None of us is the whole temple, but each of us and all of us together build up that temple that is Christ’s body. Together, we are the living, moving, breathing Body of Christ. From this body, this living temple, should flow healing waters providing life and sustenance, especially for the poor, hungry and homeless, because the Body of Christ never exists for itself but always for others.

The author James Joyce is said to have said; “Catholic means: here comes everybody!” And there is a universal diversity, true to the root meaning of Catholic, that marks who we are as a church. Here, in the middle of our church is the altar of the Body of Christ, the one who’s truth we celebrate, communion with whom is our joy. May this table, around which we, the church, gather, provide the nourishment we need to be the church the Lord has made of us, the church the Lord calls us to be.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY (November 9th)

Lord, we remember those who died when madness ruled the world and evil dwelt on earth, those we knew and those whose very name is lost. Because of their sacrifice, may we renew our fight against cruelty and injustice, against prejudice, tyranny, and oppression. Still we cry to God out of the darkness of our divided world. Let not the hope of men and women perish. Let not new clouds rain death upon the earth.

Turn to yourself the hearts and wills of rulers and peoples, that a new world may arise where men and women live as friends in the bond of your peace.

In a world still troubled with war, hatred and unrest, we pray for peace and unity. You have called us to be one, to live in unity and harmony, and yet we are divided, race from race, faith from faith, rich from poor, old from young, neighbour from neighbour. O Lord, by whose cross all enmity is brought to an end, break down the walls that separate us, tear down the fences of indifference and hatred. Forgive us the sins that divide us, free us from pride and self-seeking; overcome our prejudices and fears. Give us courage to open ourselves to others and by the power of your Spirit make us one.

Amen.

The Piety Stall is well stocked with cards and leaflets including Diamond Jubilee Cards and Christmas Cards produced by the Carmelite Sisters in Grosvenor Place, Birkenhead.

The Chapel and Card Shop at Carmel are open 7 days a week: 7.30am – 5.00pm. Mass Sunday’s & Saturday’s at 8.00am, Monday-Friday 7.45am

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

Dedication

of the Lateran Basilica/

Remembrance

Sunday

9th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Deceased

Rels & Friends of Peggy McAllister

All

Parishioners especially those who died during war and conflict

Prayer

Meeting

Mon 10th 9.15 am Win

Sweeney

Tues 11th 9.15am November

List

Wed 12th 9.15am McGree

Family Thanksgiving

Thurs 13th 9.15am The

Intentions of Bernard Dillon

Friday 14th 9.15am

9.45am

Deceased

Clergy

Holy Hour

Saturday 15th
33rd

Sunday

Of the year

16th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Pam

Williams

Parishioners

Prayer

Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for

Denis Arnold, Peter Carr, Colette Howes, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Kath Holland, Mary Bryden, Josie Toohey, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally, Rachel Mulrooney, Winifred Sweeney. Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Please make Frs. Bernard or Emeka aware if you know of any sick person who might need a visit from a priest.

Please note that Morning Prayer is celebrated 15 minutes before the start of each weekday mass. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £743.20

Boiler: £5.20

Books & Cards £

Cafod Harvest Fast Day £545.54

As we begin our journey into winter with wet and cold mornings, why not come along to the parish centre and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee after Sun mass in the warm and friendly surroundings. Beats chatting outside church in the cold brrrrrh!

CHILDRENS LITURGY

Unfortunately there will be no Children’s Liturgy this week, 9th November. This is due to preparations for the forthcoming Confirmation at the end of the month. Apologies from The Children’s Liturgy Group. If you are interested in helping with Children’s Liturgy please let Fr Bernard/Deacon Mike know,. It’s an important part of our parish but we need more volunteers to help it grow

Love of the Church: St Teresa

speaks

All is for the good of the Church; and to pray for the Church is an obligation.

READERS DAY OF REFLECTION.

SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER, 10am-1pm in the Side Chapel. Please make every effort to attend.

Fr Frank’s Diamond Jubilee Mass Monday,

8th December, 7pm.Please don’t forget to make a contribution to Fr. Frank’s diamond jubilee celebrations. There is a list at the back of church and also an opportunity to make a monetary donation in lieu of a food donation. Only 5 weeks to go, so we need to get organised!

Bebington Dramatic Society presents a Charity Night Performance of THE WINSLOW BOY on behalf of the Birkenhead and Bebington St Vincent de Paul Society being held at the Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight on Wednesday

19th November at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 obtainable from Teresa Young.

Our young people will be confirmed on Wednesday, 26th November at Christ the King. Please continue to keep them in your prayers that the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be active in their lives. “Thank you” to the Confirmation Team for their care and commitment.

Your continued donations to the Wirral Foodbank are very much appreciated. The need to help and support those in our community is ongoing. The Foodbank relies upon non-perishable, in date food donations to feed people in crisis. There is a comprehensive list of items on the notice board. Please place food in the boxes provided at the back of church.

Thanks to everyone for coming together and taking part in the Harvest Fast Day. Our gift of £545.64 will help communities in Sierra Leone build back their lives after years of brutal civil war. Letter from Cafod is on the notice board.

Weekend Mass Times at St John’s from the First Sunday of ?Advent: Sat/Sun: 29th/30th November will be SATURDAY 5.00pm & SUNDAY 9.30am. I trust this will not inconvenience people too greatly but it will assist Fr Emeka and I to cover both parishes more effectively. There will be no changes to Weekday Mass Times except, obviously, when funerals occur.